1. This first one is easy. You just start by saying “sit” every time the puppy sits itself. He learns to associate the word sit with the action. This is a tip you can use in all training.
2. Take out his favorite treat and keep it in your hand. Sausage usually works well but remember to cut it in small pieces so the puppy can swallow it fast.
3. Sit down on the floor so you get to the same level as the
dog. You are less threatening when you sit. More important
is that you are close to the dog so you can reward him
faster. More about this soon.
4. Slowly move the treat over your puppy’s head. The
intention is to get the puppy to smell the treat (he will)
and follow it with his nose. He has two options. Either back
still standing or sit down. It’s easier to sit down.
5 Immediately as he sits you say “sit” and give him the
piece of sausage. This is the key factor to all training.
The reward has to be exact in the same moment as the dog
does the right thing.
6. Praise the dog. Show your joy with your voice as well as
with your body language.
7. Repeat these steps 3-5 times. Not more than that though,
as it has to be fun! On the other hand you can repeat the
steps several times during the day.
8. In the next step you should try these steps while
standing up. You can try to see if the dog reacts only to
the word “sit” without your hand and the treat. If he sits
down you obviously should praise him and if he doesn’t don’t
care. You should never show your disappointment to your dog
when you are training.
This is pretty easy for the puppy. In a day or two you will
get him to sit with your “sit” command. Now you can try to
make him sit down beside you. This is actually a preparation
for the heel training. There you want him to sit as soon as
you stop walking. If you have thoughts about obedience
competitions with your dog you should consider the exact
position where he sits and also how fast he sits. That is
however off topic in this article.
The next level is to strengthen the word so you get the dog
to sit in every situation no matter what’s going on around
him. This is an ongoing process and you should never stop
training. Use every new situation to train him. Make him sit
with new people, new dogs and new surroundings.
It’s quite easy to train your dog to sit. If you consider
not training your dog my advice is, think again. When you
start training with your new puppy you get much more than
the sitting part The puppy loves to do things with you. He
learns to listen to his name. He gets used to training and
doing things with you and on your initiative. This all
together strengthen your position as the leader, and the
puppy feels secure. When the puppy falls asleep in the
evening his last thoughts should be: “This is really a great